Competition 2023 – Photography – 18 and over – Luke Chambers – (1) Philanthus triangulum

By Luke Chambers

Behaviour I hadn't witnessed, seen, or read about online. A female European Beewolf (Philanthus triangulum) hastily squeezing the nectar out of a paralysed Honey Bee (Apis mellifera), and consuming it for herself. Handheld focus stack.
Competition: 2023 - Photography - 18 and over
Insect order: Ants, bees, wasps and sawflies
Species: European beewolf wasp, Philanthus triangulum
Picture taken in: United Kingdom

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